Sex, dancing and partying: it seems the Brazilians have made a science of all that is fun in life. The world champions of hedonism were no doubt aided by a lush land and steamy climate, but still there is something different about Brazilians. For one, they are the most diverse country in Latin America, not to mention the continent's only former Portuguese colony. One of the largest countries in the world, Brazil certainly has plenty to see-the Amazon and Iguazu falls come to mind-but more than anything it's the Brazilian passion for life, epitomised in Rio's Carnival celebrations, that will make you fall in love and want to return again.
Southern Cross (SXMR)
From the Nazca Lines and the heights of Incan archaeology to the beach at Ipanema, this 45-day long tour provides limitless opportunities for adventure. Explore the wetlands of the Pantanal, thundering Iguassu Falls and the bizarre landscape of the Uyuni Salt Flats. In the thin air of the Andes, trek the challenging Inca Trail to legendary Machu Picchu—we run our own treks and ensure quality food and equipment, leaving you to focus on your next exhilarating step forward. With local transportation and authentic accommodation, this trip offers an intense blend of included activities and free time to explore on your own. This trip has it all!
Highlights: Conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, settle in with the locals at a homestay on Lake Titicaca, explore the Uyuni Salt Flats and Andean wilderness, spot wildlife in the Brazilian Pantanal, stand in awe of Iguassu Falls
Iguassu Falls (TSAIFN)
Experience the stunning beauty and raw power of one of the greatest natural wonders on earth—Iguassu Falls. Wider than Victoria Falls and taller than Niagara, Iguassu Falls are set in the tropical jungles near the 3-way border between Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. On this complete falls experience, you'll spend four days exploring both the Argentine and Brazilian sides. Iguassu is one of those places that needs to be seen to be believed.
Highlights: Being awed by Iguassu Falls, getting up close and personal with the falls on an optional boat ride
Ariau Amazon Towers Lodge (TSZJ4T)
Wake up to the Amazon Jungle—with a bird's eye view! Spend four days and three nights at the Ariau Towers, the Amazon's only treetop hotel. Squirrel monkeys and macaws are frequent visitors to this unique hotel that features raised walkways though the jungle. Roam the jungle paths or explore by boat, or simply turn your chair and enjoy a wildlife-filled Amazon adventure from your unique hotel.
Highlights: Explore the unique city of Manaus, visit the heart of the Amazon Rainforest